Every teen athlete—whether a NCAA Division I hopeful or recreational player—has sports memories worth preserving.
Today’s post is part of the LinkedIn “Superstar” blog hop.
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Now and Then Sports Memories
If they’ve been playing their sport for a while, it’s great to make a now versus then perspective of sport memories. This layout, based on graduation party invitation reject idea, is simple, whether you use paper or work digitally.
I used an action shot taken during my son’s senior year and a posed shot taken when he was about five. In keeping with the graduation theme, I used a Varsity font and a school mascot for embellishment. If your athlete plays for a club or city league, you could add that name and logo.
Narrative about you photos almost always adds to your page and your memories. In this case, I felt the photos spoke for themselves.
If your “superstar” has memories from multiple sports, consider creating a collage. Since my son isn’t apt to page through a scrapbook, I made him an 11” x 17” poster. Printing it at my local print shop only cost a couple of dollars.
Special Sports Moments
Every kid deserves some ink, whether they’re the star of their team or not. Write about special victories, great offensive or defensive moments, camaraderie, or whatever made the season special.
Don’t overlook the little sports memories. Include things like a pass to a best friend, bloopers, antics with the coach, or a mud bath of a game.
This “Teammates” layout celebrates the fun of soccer buddies—getting dirty, wet, and cold; hanging out together; making memories. In this example, I used a digital template, but again, you could do it just as easily with paper. (To see a tutorial of inserting photos in a digi-template, see What June Means to Me .)
If you have access to a good camera or if another team parent is a good photographer, kids LOVE to see themselves in action. Even a short video clip is great—they really enjoy posting it to their Facebook page.
I realize that making every kid on the team his or her own personalized action sports memory poster is over the top, but one mom I know did this. Ok, it was me. One season as team manager, I arranged for a photographer to come to two games and give me a disc full of unedited shots. At season’s end, I gave each boy his own poster generated by Snapfish’s collage poster utility. It took quite a lot of time, but they went over BIG with the players and parents.
Sports Memories Keepsakes
Kids aren’t the only ones that appreciate sports memories. Parents-who have spent countless hours carpooling, standing in the heat or cold and cheering, and writing checks–need sports memories keepsakes too.
Sometimes you can’t get a clear, crisp action shot for every kid on the team, even if you do have access to a good photographer. An artistic “rendering” in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Gimp can be the answer. Even with so-so photos (including those taken during warm-ups—you don’t need other players in the shot), you can Photoshop the ball or puck in the frame, and “render” the photo. (Tutorial coming soon.)
During the same banquet, each mother of a senior received a keepsake sports memories poster. Seeing my gift literally brought tears to my eyes, even though it does have a photo of my son doing a “plank” on a garbage can. If you have someone willing to put in the time on a project like this, it really is worth the effort.
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I’m interested to know your thoughts… How are you preserving sports memories?